“Brilliant set…I’m sitting there, spellbound, thinking maybe Portishead starring David Gilmour, maybe a bit of Massive Attack – then you throw in a bit of funk! You’re ticking all my boxes”, enthused a recent convert after seeing Bluebird Parade perform live.
Influenced by an eclectic mix of musical genres, the Leicestershire based seven piece plays original music that is difficult to categorise but easy to fall in love with. The line up features songwriter Jon Read, the former trumpet player for The Specials who has graced the stage with many of the greats of the ska and reggae scene. But Bluebird Parade is a collective project, with guitars, keyboards, rhythm and brass working together to shape each song, and ex-pat New Yorker Ming Nagel’s haunting vocals providing a perfect foil for the shifting soundscape on stage. Sir Horace Panter described the band’s second studio album, Songs from the Headland, as “Intelligent, articulate and funky…exquisite music” and continues to rate it as the “best album of 2015”.